Measuring Progress with Tests of Learning: Pros and Cons for 'Cash on Delivery Aid' in Education

30 Pages Posted: 11 Aug 2008

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Marlaine Lockheed

Princeton University - Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs; Center for Global Development; World Bank

Date Written: June 16, 2008

Abstract

This paper reviews, in non-technical terms, the case for and against using tests of learning for measuring annual educational progress within programs of progress-based aid. It addresses three questions about testing in developing countries. One, are valid and reliable measures of student learning currently available in developing countries? Two, are existing tests used in developing countries capable of registering the changes in educational results called for under progress-based aid? And three, do developing countries have the technical and administrative capacity to undertake annual assessments of learning? The paper includes a brief description of existing national, regional and international testing activities in developing and transition countries, a discussion of some technical topics related to testing and assessment, and various options for using learning assessments in the context of progress-based aid.

Keywords: foreign aid, international education

Suggested Citation

Lockheed, Marlaine, Measuring Progress with Tests of Learning: Pros and Cons for 'Cash on Delivery Aid' in Education (June 16, 2008). Center for Global Development Working Paper No. 147, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1213162 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1213162

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